For this year's Inktober I purposefully decided against any type of theme. I often overdo it in the theme department for these type of challenges. Plus I really just wanted to have fun drawing with my favorite media.
I started by doodling and the next thing I knew I had a ballerina with a jack-o-lantern for a head. I was so enamored with this pumpkin head idea that I continued drawing pumpkin-heads for the first 3 weeks of Inktober. It was really fun to try and match the limited jack-o-lantern expressions to each species. They became like mini-cartoons. Here is a sampling...
Head to my Instagram to see the full collection. I even made shirts of this bat pumpkin-head.
For the last week of the month, I switched over to drawing bats for International Bat Week. I love bringing attention to these awesome creatures many of whom are threatened.
For Halloween I created one last pumpkin-head: the raven. This daily drawing project was so much fun; I will miss pumpkins.
Happy Halloween everyone!
Incase you are feeling lonely... don't.
This year I have been doing pretty good at keeping up with Inktober - the drawing challenge started by comics artist Jake Parker which challenges artists to create an ink drawing everyday during the month of October. I don't post every single day but most days I do. You can follow along with me on Instagram or browse #inktober2016 to see other artists work.
Attention Artist & Conservationists:
We are requesting your participation in a social media campaign to raise awareness against rhino and pangolin poaching. Rhinos and pangolins are being poached in record numbers to supply an increasing black market demand for their horns and scales (which are made from the same proteins as our toenails). On World Rhino Day we plan to speak out. Join with us and lend your talent to support this important cause.
THE PROJECT BRIEF
Please draw either a rhino or a pangolin. Replace the rhino horn or pangolin scales with toenail / nail clippings. GROSS! We know. But that visceral reaction you just had... that is the point. These animals are being killed in masses so people can ingest horns and scales that are made of the same materials as our toenails. We want to gross them out!
A few simple rules:
1. Please do not post until September 22nd, International Rhino Day, as close as possible to 9am EST (convert to your time zone). We want to flood social media.
2. Our main focus is Instagram so please post there. Square images work best on Instagram. You can share on other social media outlets too!
3. Please use all of the following hashtags (many are in Vietnamese and Chinese):
#justGiantToenails #sátcánhcùngtêgiác #ourhornisnotmedicine #WorldRhinoDay #savethepangolin #穿山甲 #犀牛 #contete #contêtê
You are welcome to add your own hashtags. Additional suggestions below:
#StopKillingForToenails #stopEatingToenails #iam4rhinos #WorldRhinoDay #sátcánhcùngtêgiác #selfievitegiac #wildlifeconservation #stoppoaching #worthmorealive #ourhornisnotmedicine #rhino #pangolin #InternationalRhinoDay #rhinoceros #contêgiác #犀牛 #SavetheRhinoVietnam #pangolin #contêtê #穿山甲 #selfievitegiac #ourscalesarenotmedicine #vietnambemyhero
4. Feel free to use your existing artwork and just replace/cover the horn or scales with nail clippings.
5. Please share with other artists who may be interested in participating.
If you are interested in receiving reminder emails for this project sign up here.
On rare occasions I will create a drawing that I am totally pleased with. I know this because gazing upon said drawing feels like looking into a mirror reflecting back exactly whats is in my heart & brain. This is one of those times people! A tiny rufous & black elephant shrew and some snouty ink lettering.
Starting tomorrow I'll be participating in the 100 day project. You can follow along as I draw comics via my Instagram at @feral_pony_illustration
The project was started by Elle Luna and the idea is to do a small creative something everyday for 100 days and share as you go along.
I decided to use the 100 day project to work in a more focused way on my comics starring insectivores like bats and shrews. I've been working on these on the edges of time and sketchbooks for awhile and have bunches of sketches and ideas. I plan to spend my 100 days really developing the characters and story, drawing panels that include all the interiors and backgrounds that I prefer to ignore, and hopefully completing and inking a story as you watch.
I've toyed around with making comics since junior high. In high school my best friend and I created a collaborative comic about a punk rock zombie girl who attacked jocks while they were drinking in the woods. Hmm, maybe we should bring that one back now that zombies are so popular ;) But I've always shied away from dedicating myself to bringing any of my comic ideas to completion. I am actually not sure I can do it. It's funny after 15 years or so working as an artist to admit you are actually kinda insecure and a bit afraid to try something. I mean I've tackled bunches of critiques, museum shows, various mediums, various styles, teaching, a career change from gallery artist to illustrator, a realistic portrait of a heron... why does this give me pause?
Well, it involves a lot of the things I think I stink at. My weaknesses include commitment, getting easily bored with drawing backgrounds, and a nagging fear about my ability to convincingly draw the same character over and over. (no you should totally still hire me!)
So we shall see how this all plays out! I'm making the public commitment to focus on this specific project which is near and dear to me but often gets swept under the rug as other opportunities arise.
It should be lots of fun to follow along with the 100 day projects of other artists and makers too! The official hashtag is #the100dayproject and the hashtag for my 100 days is #100daysof mammalcomics but I warn you in advance there will be some insects in there too. Who can commit to a hashtag that also sounds clever and concise for 100 days after all?
Are you participating in #the100dayproject too? Let me know in the comments so I can follow you!